JAN FENNELL B.A (Hons) ADL
A lifetime love of dogs lead Jan to question the traditional methods used for working with them. No matter how gently or kind the approach, controlling a dog's actions meant enforcing the human will onto the dog. This didn't sit well with Jan as force only succeeds in suppressing an animal. This Jan found not only ineffective but also wrong.In 1989 Jan saw the great horseman Monty Roberts and her whole world turned upside down. The idea of inviting an animal to want to work with the human through communication was music to her ears. Using the animal's own language seemed so obvious - all Jan had to do was learn it!!! Extensive study of wolves, dingoes, wild dogs etc, helped Jan to realise what had been missing from her work in the past. Her study of canine behaviour made it possible to put the jigsaw together and, with the invaluable help of her own dogs (especially Sasha and Barmie), Jan developed the procedure now known as 'Amichien® Bonding'. It also lead to her first international best selling book titled "The Dog Listener" which serves as a phrase book to help humans build a better relationship with their dogs on many levels. The simplicity of the book enables people to improve an already good relationship with their dog. It also allows people to change undesirable behaviour quietly in their own homes, without ever having to get upset or angry.
TONY KNIGHT B.A (Hons) ADL (Jan's Son)
Tony first started listening to dogs full-time in 1999 to help Jan cope with the ever-growing demand for her work. "I would use my holiday time from work to come to the aid of owners and dogs in distress when Mum was swamped with calls from all over the country. It was only when I ran out of holiday that I was faced with a choice - work with Mum or stay where I was." Tony took the plunge and became a partner in the company, and has brought his own qualities to the Amichien® Bonding Process. "Mum approached her technique from the point of view of the dog. I realised that the process worked both ways, that humans were just as important in the equation and needed just as much help."Tony treats Amichien® Bonding as a language course, teaching people how to "speak dog". His time living in France and working as a tutor in 1992 helped develop the way that he and Jan structure "lessons" so that the process is easy for anyone to learn. His input helped to make "The Dog Listener" a user- friendly read for thousands of people. "I love my job and the fact that I am able to help make a difference to the lives of many troubled dogs really gives me the job satisfaction I crave."Tony is now the principal Tutor of courses worldwide.
After 15 years in management for an international advertising company, David decided he no longer needed the flash cars, prestige and high income that came with that job and joined the Amichien team in 2010 as Marketing Manager. He is responsible for the promotion of Amichien Bonding worldwide. Since adopting this role, David has become an integral part of the team as he supports the administration of the company and helps to organise teaching courses and talks all over the world.
ELLIE RAWLINGS BA (Hons), PGCE
Ellie, Jan's daughter has worked as a full time teacher of English and Media Studies in Cardiff. She now works alongside her Mum and brother supporting the teaching of Amichien® Bonding, Quality Control, preparing articles and press releases. Ellie's love of dogs started at an early age when she helped her mum with their first English Springers in the early 70s. When she was 5 years of age she asked if she could have a dog of her own, Jan told her that if she helped with their existing dogs for two years then that would happen. The result was that for her 7th birthday a Blue Roan cocker spaniel came into Ellie's life. Ellie named her Susie, and that was the start of a wonderful friendship. Their tender story appears in Jan's fourth book 'A Dogs Best Friend' and, although Susie went many years ago, her life was a terrific part of the family. Ellie and her family were the retirement home for Kerry a Gt. Gt.Gt. granddaughter of Genghis Khan whom we lost earlier this year. Ellie has just acquired a new dog, a 5-year-old "hubrador" called Luca who is new to the Amichien Bonding method.
Tania Hill joined our Team in May 2008. After spending many years living abroad in New Zealand and Canada she and her son, Kyle, returned to the heart of her home town here in Ashby. Like so many of us, Tania has had various career moves but is happy now to be working harder than ever before as this company grows.
The DOG LISTENERS who appear on this website are recommended by Jan Fennell as they have taken part in the strict quality control system that safeguards both you and your dog(s). It enables them to offer exceptional, on-going assistance to everyone who puts their trust in them.